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Halothane

Information

Uses

Halothane is used for general anaesthesia

How it works

Halothane causes a reversible loss of consciousness allowing surgery without pain and distress.

Common side effects

Heart attack, Rash, Erythema, Headache, Shivering, Vomiting, Altered heart rate, Nausea, Abnormality of voluntary movements, Apnea (absence of breathing), Agitation, Nightmare, Abnormal dreams, Hyperventilation, Abnormal behavior, Jaundice, Double vision, Hallucination, Thrombophlebitis, Generalized tonic-clonic seizure, Liver damage, Local site pain, Transient apnea, Increased respiratory rate , Stridor, Myoclonus, Hypertonia, Increased blood pressure, Tachycardia, High grade fever, Confusion, Slow heart rate, Respiratory arrest, Nystagmus (involuntary eye movement), Decreased blood pressure

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor regarding your recent anaesthetic history, as halothane is known to cause liver damage and frequent re-exposures may cause severe liver toxicity.
  • You may be constantly monitored during entire anaesthetic procedure to observe any signs of low blood pressure, changes in pulse rate, irregular heart beat and ventilation.
  • Your ventilation will be carefully assessed to ensure adequate oxygenation and carbon dioxide removal.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if Patients allergic to halothane.
  • Do not take if Patient has a history of unexplained jaundice following previous exposure to halothane.
  • Do not take if Patient has a family history of malignant hyperthermia.
  • Do not take if Patient has history of high cerebrospinal fluid (fluid in brain and associated tissues) pressure or porphyria (a rare blood pigment disorder that affects skin and other organs.
  • Avoid if Patients requiring anaesthesia for gynaecological surgeries. 

Frequently asked questions

Halothane

Q. Is halothane still used?
Yes, halothane is still used as a safe anesthetic drug in many parts of the world
Q. Is halothane flammable?
Halothane is potent inflammable nor explosive inhalational anaesthetic.

Content on this page was last updated on 13 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)